The holidays felt busier than before, December was a blur of photo sessions, print orders, family dinners, gingerbread house decorating and a LOT of Christmas music sing-alongs. As much as I love meeting families and updating their family photos in time for holiday cards, it can get a little crazy, and there’s something so special about taking family photos in the peaceful calm of a new year. It has been a cold winter (for Hawaii, of course, don’t laugh too hard) and it’s been a while since my girls have been able to enjoy a beach day in this windy weather. So, I had my fingers crossed for this family photo session. Sophie and Robert brought their little girl here from the other side of the ocean to celebrate a special birthday and the new year. And the sun answered with glorious sunshine and a beautiful day by the water’s edge.
Just recently, my husband and I took our family up to visit friends in the Pacific Northwest. We were fascinated with all things snow and loved every moment exploring a new place. I remember my friend showing us the extra set of warm outerwear they keep in their cars at all times in case they get stranded during the winter season. I found that fascinating and smart and something I would never have thought of coming from the balmy tropics. So, if you’re visiting our islands, let me share with you a helpful tip for car accessories that we like to follow here in Hawaii. Always keep a set of towels and extra clothes in your car because the allure is strong and just never know when you’re going to end up splashing in the Pacific Ocean. Trust me, even when you don’t plan for it, it’ll happen it will be worth every inch of wet denim. We played and played in the ocean until the day faded into night.